All Projects

A model for pre-practical work

Practical work is embedded in science education, and it is routine to include some pre-practical activity to help students prepare for their time in the laboratory. What form should this take?...

Approaches to study in chemistry

This project is exploring what approaches students in first year chemistry take to study. By characterising study approaches, we can begin to understand how best to map curricular activities such...

Ask, Answer, Assess: Peer learning from student-generated content

This project aimed to evaluate the use and educational effectiveness of adaptive comparative judgement (ACJ) for peer assessment of solutions to exam-style problems. ACJ is based on ‘Thurstone’s...

Conceptual understanding of physics

This is a collaborative project with the long-term aim of improving physics graduates’ conceptual understanding. The motivation for the project is the concerns expressed by some academics and...

STACK

STACK is an open-source online assessment system for mathematics. It establishes objective properties of students' answers and provides feedback, with emphasis on formative assessment. It uses...

Automated system for cognitive presence coding

The goal of this project is to enable the use of a Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework for continuous monitoring of student discourse. Using text mining and text classification techniques, we aim...

Learning Analytics Report Card

The ‘Learning Analytics Report Card’ captures data from an individual student’s course-related activity, and presents a summary of their academic progress in textual and visual form. However,...

Supporting Higher Education to Incorporate Learning Analytics (SHEILA)

This project aims to assist European universities to become more mature users and custodians of digital data about their students as they learn online. The SHEILA Project will build a policy...

A historical review of chemistry A-level examination papers

This collaborative project will consider the cognitive difficulty, accessibility, and language of chemistry A-level exam papers. The purpose is to inform how we can effectively assess introductory...

Development of Maths for Chemistry e-tutorials and resources

Maths for chemistry is a national issue, with a lot of resources available. These tend to be static documents, with little opportunity for students to test their understanding independently....

Measuring and supporting students’ self-regulated learning in adaptive educational technologies

This project addresses important aspects of our learning ecology in Europe that are largely ignored in the current developments of adaptive educational technologies. The goal is to develop...

Edinburgh Cityscope (formerly Virtual Edinburgh)

Edinburgh Cityscope, CfSE’s first major activity, aims to make Edinburgh the Global City of Learning by turning the entire city and its environs into a pervasive, interactive learning environment...

Learning analytics: process and theory

This course (level 11, 20 credits) is offered in the MSc in Digital Education (Moray House School of Education).

The course is co-offered with the Teachers College, Columbia University,...

Sustainability & Social Responsibility

A University-wide online course (level 8, 20 credits) in ‘Sustainability’ is being developed, aimed at students from across the Institution. It was approved by the Board of Studies in 2015 and...

MSc in Carbon Management

The first online Masters in the School of Geosciences launched September 2015. The programme had a dozen students in its inaugural year and the first online PG Certificate is already underway....

Digital badges in laboratory education

Laboratory work is at the core of any chemistry curriculum. But how do we teach laboratory skills? And how do we assess them?

In current practice, laboratory skills are currently taught on...

Digital technology fair

A digital technology fair has been designed and delivered for the School of Geosciences (Feb 16), in collaboration with Information Services and Institute for Academic Development). It aimed at...

Centre for Science Education (CfSE) website

Our Centre for Science Education website has been developed to raise awareness of our activities across the College and wider University and to raise the profile of the Centre externally.

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Summer studentship scheme

A Teaching Development Summer Placement Scheme will be offered for undergraduate students (most likely in Honours years). This will provide structured teaching development and enhancement projects...

Teaching development workshops

A semi-regular series of themed teaching development workshops and seminars is being planned (in collaboration with the IAD). These will be aimed at staff and, where appropriate, students from...